Niagara Gazette

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March 8, 2013

Mihalich named Coach of the Year

Niagara Gazette — Joe Mihalich wore several emotions on his camel hair coat Thursday night after learning he had been voted the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year by his peers.

Humility.

“This is a league of coaches,” Mihalich said by phone from Springfield, Mass., site of this weekeend’s MAAC tournament. “I have such enormous respect for the other coaches in the league and when you get recognized by your peers, it’s humbling. “

Pride.

“I’ve got an incredible staff,” Mihalich said. “It’s a young staff and they are rising beyond their years. They are rising stars, all of them. These guys work like crazy. They are really good at what they do, they have incredible aptitude for the game.”

Guilt.

“This is not an individual award,” Mihalich went on. “Mike Farrelly, Kyle Neptune, Shane Nichols and Colin Curtin — it didn’t feel right being up there without those guys. It should be five people.

“And if you don’t have players, who want to be good and want to be coached and our talented, it doesn’t matter how good of a coach you are, you won’t win.”

Envy.

“I’m not going to say anything about any other players,” Mihalich said. “But for what Juan’ya Green, Antoine Mason and T.J. Cline did for us to win this year, I wouldn’t trade them for anyone else in the league.”

No MAAC team won more games than the Niagara Purple Eagles this year. With the youngest lineup in the league, they far out-performed the coaches’ preseason prediction for a fifth-place finish. That won Mihalich his third career Coach of the Year award.

But sophomore guards Green and Mason will have to wait to receive Player of the Year recognition, which went to Lamont Jones, the nation’s second-leading scorer, a senior for Iona, the fourth-place finisher.

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